Data Sheet
Cisco Configuration Assistant
Configuring a Small Business’s Entire Routing, Switching, Wireless, Security, and Voice
Network with a Single, Easy-to-Use Tool.
Today’s businesses depend more than ever on network-based applications and communications
tools. However, modern business networks can encompass a wide range of wired and wireless
networking, security features, and voice technologies. Making sure the network is configured and
operating properly is a complex, costly, and time-consuming task. For value-added resellers that
support small business customers or smaller organizations with limited IT resources, configuring
all of the routing, switching, wireless, and voice solutions in the network for optimal security and
performance can be especially challenging.
Cisco has created a comprehensive, easy-to-use network configuration tool that addresses these
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challenges. Cisco Configuration Assistant simplifies the task of configuring, deploying, and
administering Cisco small business network solutions. Designed specifically for small business
networks serving up to 100 users, this PC-based application with a simple graphical user interface
(GUI) discovers all devices in the network and can help configure Cisco small business routers,
switches, and wireless access points and controllers as well as Cisco Unified Communications
call-routing and voicemail systems. After the network is deployed, Cisco Configuration Assistant
can generate status reports, synchronize passwords, and upgrade software across all of the Cisco
small business network devices. Together, these capabilities improve the security and
performance of the network and substantially reduce the time the administrator must devote to
deploying and configuring the network.
A Comprehensive Communications Solution
Cisco Configuration Assistant is an integral component of the Cisco Smart Business
Communications System. This integrated system of voice, security, and wireless networking
products provides an affordable, comprehensive communications solution that is easy to deploy
and use while allowing for business growth. With the Cisco Smart Business Communications
System, even smaller organizations can provide employees and customers with highly secure
anywhere, anytime access to the information they need to communicate and interact more
effectively. The solution is complemented by award-winning support and flexible financing options
delivered through local Cisco partners.
Cisco Configuration Assistant provides comprehensive configuration, deployment, and ongoing
network management support for the entire line of products in the Cisco Smart Business
Communications System. (For a list of all supported devices and limits, see Table 1.)
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Simplified Configuration
A single configuration error in just one device in the network can impede the performance of
essential business applications and leave a business vulnerable to a damaging security breach, so
proper device configuration is critical. However, even a small office network can contain numerous
routing, switching, wireless, and voice solutions. Manually configuring all of them can be tedious
and time-consuming. Cisco Configuration Assistant simplifies this process through an easy-to-use
GUI. This integrated approach encompasses
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Voice configuration: Cisco Configuration Assistant can interact with and configure key
voice applications and devices. Simply access the telephony services through the phone
icon on the Cisco Configuration Assistant dashboard to easily set up and configure the
phone system users and phones. Cisco Configuration Assistant supports phone system
features such as analog and digital ISDN interface, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunk,
dial plans, auto attendant, and hunt groups.
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Security configuration: Cisco Configuration Assistant allows users to activate the most
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commonly used Cisco IOS Software security features, including Network Address
Translation (NAT), firewalls, and VPNs. The tool guides users to select appropriate
parameters that meet the security needs of their network, based on Cisco best practices for
network security. Cisco Configuration Assistant also supports advanced security functions
such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN and voice over IP (VoIP) pass-through on the
Cisco Secure Router 500 Series platform.
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Switch configuration: Cisco Configuration Assistant provides a quick and easy way to
configure ports on switch devices. The tool enables dynamic virtual LAN (VLAN)
assignment of voice and data traffic and simplifies activation of quality of service (QoS),
security, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) features. The Smartports feature in Cisco
Configuration Assistant allows each switch port to be customized to match the device that
is connected, whether it is an IP phone, PC, access point, router, or LAN switch.
Cisco Configuration Assistant Features
Cisco Configuration Assistant provides the following features and benefits:
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Multiple network views: Users can view the status of devices and monitor the network
from two perspectives: the physical Topology View or the Front Panel View. The rich
Topology View graphically represents the types of devices in the network as well as
providing detailed information about device status, physical connections, and various
monitoring capabilities—all in a single view (Figure 1). The Front Panel View displays all
switches and routers in the network simultaneously, along with the state, duplex, and speed
of ports. The Front Panel View also allows users to apply features across multiple ports or
multiple switches when configuring features such as VLANs. In addition, users can verify
optimal ongoing network performance by generating comprehensive, real-time reports of
network inventory and health.
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Figure 1.
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The Topology View graphically represents the types of devices in the network and provides
detailed information about device status and physical connections
Dynamic discovery: Cisco Configuration Assistant’s unique discovery capabilities provide
users with total control when discovering network devices to create a community. Users
can discover devices by entering a seed IP, a range IP, a subnet IP, or a single IP address.
This feature provides flexibility and time savings when designing the topology.
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VLAN highlighting: From the Topology View, users can associate VLAN numbers with
colors to quickly view the devices in a VLAN. Devices that are associated with more than
one VLAN display two or more colors with a striped effect.
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Customization with annotated text: Users can add text under devices in the Topology
View to further describe aspects of the network, such as the name of a building, floor, or
closet.
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Improved network visibility with continual monitoring: Users can quickly assess the
status of switches and routers, including packet errors; temperature; PoE status; and
bandwidth, CPU, memory, and ternary content addressable memory (TCAM) usage—all
from a single window. Users can select the specific health categories to monitor. For each
category selected, the switch with the highest usage is displayed in the quick view. Users
can access a more comprehensive view by clicking the “Details” button.
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Simplified network reporting: Users can print easy-to-read reports, such as bandwidth
utilization. The enhanced print option even allows users to fit the Topology View or Front
Panel View onto one page.
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Enhanced security for configuration and monitoring activities: Cisco Configuration
Assistant provides a secure connection between the Cisco Configuration Assistant client
and each connected device in the network to safeguard all sensitive information.
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Drag-and-drop upgrades: The drag-and-drop Cisco IOS Software Upgrade feature
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simplifies the process of upgrading the software on a Cisco Catalyst switch or Cisco router
or access point. Users can download the latest software version by simply dragging the
update’s icon from the PC desktop and dropping it onto the icon of the target device
depicted in the Topology View. This process eliminates the need to specify the Cisco IOS
Software filename or select a specific Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) server IP
address when performing updates. This process can also be use to deploy Cisco Unified
Communications Manager Express images, phone loads, music on hold files, and language
packs onto the router.
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Dynamic application updates: Users can stay up to date on the latest versions and
security patches of Cisco Configuration Assistant through dynamic application updates.
With this function, users can be assured that when a newly purchased Cisco device is
added to the network, it is automatically supported and secured.
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Notification of issues: The Event Notification feature alerts users if a potential problem
arises with a device in the network, if a configuration change is required, or if a new version
of Cisco Configuration Assistant is available for download. A dialog box provides all
necessary information regarding the event, including time, description, and, if applicable,
suggestions to resolve the problem.
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Internet access for partners and guests: Cisco Configuration Assistant’s guest port
feature allows businesses to easily configure guest access ports on their switch, providing
visitors with Internet access and allowing them to establish VPN connectivity to their
company resources. Guest port users are separated from internal network traffic so that
confidential “internal access only” information and services remain secure.
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Network synchronization: This feature detects inconsistent settings in the network, such
as VLAN mismatches, incorrect time settings, and problems with security policies. Working
with the Troubleshooting Advisor, users can detect and fix these inconsistencies easily.
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Simplified troubleshooting: Embedded in the application is the Troubleshooting Advisor,
which simplifies troubleshooting by automatically identifying potential network problems and
documenting them with a graphical trend chart. Examples include cabling problems,
configuration errors, and other potential network problems. Users receive an explanation of
the issue and can often correct the problem with a simple mouse click.
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Comprehensive online support: A detailed, transparent help function embedded in Cisco
Configuration Assistant provides an extensive glossary and powerful search engine that
help users quickly and easily find the information they need to apply specific settings. With
these online help features, users often can troubleshoot and resolve problems without
having to call for technical support.
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Intelligent port configuration: Cisco Configuration Assistant includes the Cisco
Smartports Advisor, which discovers devices connected to the network and recommends
appropriate Cisco best practice configurations for security, availability, and QoS features on
switch ports (Figure 2). This feature saves time by proactively recommending Cisco best
practices, thus helping network administrators avoid the need to consult detailed design
guides or documentation. The feature allows network administrators to configure ports
more quickly; eliminates human error; and helps ensure that the configuration of the switch,
router, or access point is optimized for the business’s applications.
Figure 2.
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Cisco Smartports Advisor allows roles to be assigned to specific ports and automatically
optimizes performance for the attached Cisco device
Simplified network security settings: Users can centrally configure security and access for
Cisco Catalyst switches by simply choosing the desired level of security (low, medium, or
high) on the security slider in Cisco Configuration Assistant. The low setting (default)
provides port security and protection against broadcast storms. The medium setting adds
MAC address authentication. The high setting adds IEEE 802.1x authentication for medialevel access control, providing the capability to permit or deny network connectivity and
control VLAN access based on user or machine identity.
A Better Way to Deploy and Configure Business Networks
With so much depending on the network, a business cannot afford to be vulnerable to the
performance degradation and security vulnerabilities that can arise in an improperly configured
network. Cisco Configuration Assistant provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use network
configuration solution. As an integral component of the Cisco Smart Business Communications
System, Cisco Configuration Assistant improves the performance and security of essential
business applications, simplifies the deployment of new technologies, and dramatically improves
the efficiency and effectiveness of the network administrator.
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For more information about Cisco Configuration Assistant, or to download the tool free of charge,
visit: http://www.cisco.com/go/configassist.
Supported Devices
Cisco Configuration Assistant supports the following Cisco Unified IP Phone models: 7906G,
7911G, 7931G, 7921G, IP Conference Station 7936, 7940G, 7941G, 7942G, 7945G, 7960G,
7961G, 7962G, 7965G, 7970G, 7971G-GE, 7975G, 7985G, Expansion Module 7914, Cisco IP
Communicator, Cisco Unified Video Advantage, and the Cisco Unified IP Phone 500 Series: 521G,
521SG, 524G, and 524SG.
An early adopter software pack will also be available to support the following new phone models:
Cisco Unified IP Conference Station 7937G, Cisco Unified Expansion Module 7915, and Cisco
Unified Expansion Module 7916.
Table 1 describes the supported unified communications, wireless, LAN switching, and router
platforms.
Table 1.
Cisco Configuration Assistant 1.8 Managed and Supported Devices
Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series for Small Business
UC520-8U-4FXO-K9
8-user configuration with 4 public switched telephone network (PSTN) trunks (FXO), 4
analog ports (FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 virtual interface card (VIC) slot for expansion
Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
UC520-8U-2BRI-K9
8-user configuration with 2 Basic Rate Interface (BRI) trunks (BRI), 4 analog ports (FXS), 8
PoE ports, 1 VIC slot for expansion
Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
UC520-16U-4FXO-K9
16-user configuration with 4 PSTN trunks (FXO), 4 analog ports (FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 VIC
slot for expansion
Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
Note: Requires an 8-port Cisco Catalyst Express 520 Series Switch with 8-user call control
feature license
UC520-16U-2BRI-K9
16-user configuration with 2 BRI trunks (BRI), 4 analog ports (FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 VIC slot
for expansion
Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
Note: Requires an 8-port Cisco Catalyst Express 520 Series Switch with 8-user call control
feature license
UC520W-8U-4XFO-K9
8-user configuration with 4 PSTN trunks (FXO), 4 analog ports (FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 VIC
slot for expansion
Integrated Wi-Fi Access Point Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified
IP Phones
UC520W-8U-2BRI-K9
8-user configuration with 2 BRI trunks (BRI), 4 analog ports (FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 VIC slot
for expansion
Integrated Wi-Fi Access Point Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified
IP Phones
UC520W-16U-4FXO-K9
16 User configuration with 4 PSTN trunks (FXO), 4 Analog ports (FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 VIC
slot for expansion
Integrated Wi-Fi Access Point Feature licenses for call control, voicemail and Cisco Unified
IP Phones
UC520W-16U-2BRI-K9
16-user configuration with 2 BRI trunks (BRI), 4 analog ports (FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 VIC slot
for expansion
Integrated Wi-Fi Access Point Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified
IP Phones
UC520-24U-8FXO-K9
24-user configuration with 8 PSTN trunks (FXO), 4 analog ports (FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 VIC
slot for expansion
Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
Note: Requires a 24-port Cisco Catalyst Express 520 Series Switch (WS-CE520-24PC-K9)
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UC520-24U-4BRI-K9
24-user configuration with 4 BRI trunks (BRI), 4 analog ports (FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 VIC slot
for expansion
Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
Note: Requires a 24-port Cisco Catalyst Express 520 Series Switch (WS-CE520-24PC-K9)
UC520-32U-8FXO-K9
32-user configuration with 8 PSTN trunks (FXO), 4 analog ports (FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 VIC
slot for expansion
Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
Note: Requires a 24-port Cisco Catalyst Express 520 Series Switch (WS-CE520-24PC-K9)
UC520-32U-4BRI-K9
32-user configuration with 4 BRI trunks (BRI), 4 analog ports (FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 VIC slot
for expansion
Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
Note: Requires 24-port Cisco Catalyst Express 520 Series Switch (WS-CE520-24PC-K9)
UC520-48U-12FXO-K9
48-user configuration with 12 PSTN trunks (FXO), 4 analog ports (FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 VIC
slot for expansion
Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
Note: Requires two 24-port Cisco Catalyst Express 520 Series Switches (WS-CE520-24PCK9)
UC520-48U-6BRI-K9
48-user configuration with 6 BRI trunks (BRI), 4 analog ports (FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 VIC slot
for expansion
Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
Note: Requires two 24-port Cisco Catalyst Express 520 Series Switches (WS-CE520-24PCK9)
UC520-48U-T/E/F-K9
48-user configuration with T1/E1 voice interface, 4 PSTN trunks (FXO), 4 analog ports
(FXS), 8 PoE ports, 1 VIC slot for expansion
Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
Note: Requires two 24-port Cisco Catalyst Express 520 Series Switches (WS-CE520-24PCK9)
UC520-48U-T/E/B-K9
48-user configuration with T1/E1 voice interface, 2 BRI trunks (BRI), 4 analog ports (FXS), 8
PoE ports, 1 VIC slot for expansion
Feature licenses for call control, voicemail, and Cisco Unified IP Phones
Note: Requires two 24-port Cisco Catalyst Express 520 Series Switches (WS-CE520-24PCK9)
SL-UC520-16UPG=
User upgrade license from 8 to 16 users
SL-UC520-32UPG=
User upgrade license from 24 to 32 users
SL-UC520-24-48UPG=
User upgrade license from 24 to 48 users
SL-UC520-48UPG=
User upgrade license from 32 to 48 users
SL-UC520-64UPG=
User upgrade license from 48 to 64 users
UC500 Software Pack 4.2.9
Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express 4.2 and Cisco Unity Express 3.2.1
UC500 Software Pack 4.2.8
Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express 4.2 and Cisco Unity Express 3.0.3
UC500 Software Pack 4.2.7
Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express 4.2 and Cisco Unity Express 3.0.3
UC500 Software Pack 4.2.6
Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express 4.2 and Cisco Unity Express 2.3.4
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Cisco 520 Series Secure Router
SR520-FE-K9
Secure router with Fast Ethernet
SR520-ADSL-K9
Secure router with asymmetric DSL (ADSL) over basic telephone service
SR520-ADSLI-K9
Secure router with ADSL over ISDN
SR520W-FE-K9
Secure router with Fast Ethernet and 802.11g radio
SR520W-ADSL-K9
Secure router with ADSL over basic telephone service and 802.11g radio
SR520W-ADSLI-K9
Secure router with ADSL over ISDN and 802.11g radio
Cisco 870 Series Integrated Services Routers
CISCO871-K9
Cisco 871 router with Ethernet to Ethernet
CISCO871W-G-A-K9
Cisco 871 router with Ethernet to Ethernet wireless; U.S./Americas
CISCO871W-G-E-K9
Cisco 871 router Ethernet to Ethernet wireless; Europe
CISCO871W-G-J-K9
Cisco 871 router with Ethernet to Ethernet wireless; Japan
CISCO876-K9
Cisco 876 router with ADSL over ISDN
CISCO876W-G-E-K9
Cisco 876 router with ADSL over ISDN wireless
CISCO877-K9
Cisco 877 router with ADSL
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CISCO877W-G-A-K9
Cisco 877 router with ADSL wireless: U.S./Americas
CISCO877W-G-E-K9
Cisco 877 router with ADSL wireless; Europe
CISCO878-K9
Cisco 878 router with Symmetrical High-Data-Rate DSL (G.SHDSL)
CISCO878W-G-A-K9
Cisco 878 router G.SHDSL wireless; U.S./Americas
CISCO878W-G-E-K9
Cisco 878 router with G.SHDSL; Europe
Voice Interface Cards
VIC3-2FXS/DID
2-port FXS voice/fax interface card
VIC-4FXS/DID
4-port FXS voice/fax interface card
VIC3-4FXS/DID
4-port FXS voice/fax interface card
VIC2-2FXO
2-port FXO voice/fax interface card
VIC2-4FXO
4-port FXO voice/fax interface card
VWIC2-1MFT-T1/E1
T1/E1 voice interface card
VIC2-2BRI-NT/TE
2-port BRI voice/fax interface card
Cisco Mobility Express Solution
AIR-AP521G-A-K9
Cisco 521 Wireless Express Access Point (Cisco IOS Software)
AIR-AP521G-E-K9
AIR-AP521G-P-K9
AIR-LAP521G-A-K9
Cisco 521 Wireless Express Access Point (Cisco Unified Wireless Network Software)
AIR-LAP521G-E-K9
AIR-LAP521G-P-K9
AIR-WLC526-K9
Cisco 526 Wireless Express Mobility Controller
Cisco Catalyst Express 520 Series Switch
WS-CE520-8PC-K9
Eight 10/100 access ports with PoE and one 10/100/1000BASE-T or Small Form-Factor
Pluggable (SFP) uplink
WS-CE520-24TT-K9
Twenty-four 10/100 access ports and two 10/100/1000BASE-T uplinks
WS-CE520-24LC-K9
Twenty 10/100 access ports, four 10/100 access ports with PoE ports, and two
10/100/1000BASE-T or SFP uplinks
WS-CE520-24PC-K9
Twenty-four 10/100 access ports with PoE and two 10/100/1000BASE-T or SFP uplinks
WS-CE520G-24TC-K9
Twenty-four 10/100/1000BASE-T ports and two 10/100/1000BASE-T or SFP uplinks
Maximum Supported Devices
Cisco Configuration Assistant supports up to 25 devices in a small office network, including:
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Combination of five Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series or Secure Router 500 Series
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Ten autonomous wireless access points
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Two wireless controllers
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Multiple Cisco Unified IP Phones (number limited to the number of Unified Communications
500 Series user licenses and switch ports in the network)
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System Requirements
Table 2 describes minimum system requirements for Cisco Configuration Assistant.
Table 2.
Cisco Configuration Assistant 1.8 Minimum System Requirements
System Requirements
Operating systems
MacOS support (requires
virtualization software)
Windows: Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 1 or later) or Windows Vista Ultimate
● Mac OS: 10.4.10 and later
● Virtual OS: Parallels Desktop: 3.0 / VMware Fusion: 1.0
● Guest OS: Windows XP (Service pack 2 or later) or Windows Vista Ultimate
Disk space
200 MB
Hardware
PC with Fast Ethernet or higher LAN port
Memory
512 MB
Processor
1-GHz Pentium IV or higher
Screen resolution
1024 x 768
Printed in USA
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